Summary: I bought this to scan some textbooks for OCR / voice conversion. It was fairly easy to setup, though the install disk wasn't quite automatic. I had to do a "custom" install to do each component Individually. I really like the simple one button scan next page.
Summary: I'm a university student and some of my teachers will assign a chapter out of an expensive text book and this scanner solved my problems. I can scan the chapter I need and return the book to the library without fear of a late fee. I have found this really great when I have todo papers.
Summary: Great price for the small job that I needed. Software was simple, however it worked perfectly with Adobe Acrobat Pro. The edge for the book spine should be on two sides so it can accommodate two different book orientations. Overall has held up for many books that I've scanned so far.
Summary: The first time I got a defective one and the seller replaced with a new one immediately. So far, it works very well as my expectation. Very easy to use but it does not come with a manual to clarify some of their terms.
Summary: Regarding the comment about imaging close to the spine of the book, I found that we lose five sixteenths of an inch from the edge of the housing to the beginning of the scan area. There is a fiducial line near the right front corner showing where that area begins.